Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Florida court says Facebook threats are crimes

I guess this means we'll be hearing even less from David Rowe or Valerie Parkhurst in the future.


Court: Threats posted on Facebook are crimes

Posted: 1:49 AM
Last Updated: 2 hours and 41 minutes ago

By: Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida appeals court has decided that posting threats on one's personal Facebook page can be prosecuted under the state's "sending written threats to kill or do bodily harm" law. 

The 1st District Court of Appeal on Monday ruled in a case that a Facebook post could be considered a "sending" for the purposes of the law. 

The language in question was in a status that the defendant had posted on his Facebook page about a relative and her same-sex partner.  The relative didn't see it but found out about it through another family member. 

The defendant said he couldn't be charged because he did not "send" the threatening language to his relative.  A unanimous three-judge panel disagreed. 

The case is O'Leary v. State of Florida, 1D12-0975.

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